Life As a UChicago EM Resident

When not hard at work, our EM residents also know how to have a good time. From the first day of orientation, a strong effort is made by the UChicago EM Residency Program to make each resident feel welcome as a part of a large family. Realizing that it can be somewhat difficult to know your co-residents (and especially your same classmates) outside of a clinical setting, our EM Residency Program has made it a top priority to foster camaraderie outside of the workplace as well.Throughout the course of each year, the EM Residency Program supports a number of opportunities for residents to socialize with each other and release some of the stresses associated with being an ED physician. These events, in addition to the various impromptu outings that residents organize on their own, encourage bonding amongst the group. Most of our residents build long-lasting relationships that continue well beyond graduation!


Monthly Intern Events

Planned by the intern on their anesthesiology month, these events are open to all residents who are able to attend. Some past events include:

  • Whirlyball
  • Chicago Blackhawks game
  • Bowling outing
  • Second City comedy show
  • BBQ bonfire at Promontory Point
  • Chicago River sunset cruise

Annual Social Events

  • Winter holiday parties
  • Nursing appreciation party
  • Welcome BBQ with intern volleyball match

Residency Wellness Events

  • Biking along Lake Michigan
  • Home cooked dinners/potlucks at residents’ homes

Journal Clubs

These events are held monthly at faculty physicians’ homes to dissect articles over a nice, catered dinner. Added plus: some of the ED attendings really know how to cook!